Launched annually on the first Friday in October with events continuing throughout the month, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

Across the country, manufacturers small and large will be hosting students of all ages in their facilities, showcasing a vibrant and growing industry that is vital to our economy. Last year, 275,000 people participated in nearly 3,000 MFG Day events across North America (these are just the events listed on the MFG Day website)—and more than 80 percent of students said they became more convinced that manufacturing provides interesting and rewarding careers after attending these events.

NWIRC helped to spread the word in advance of the October 4th MFG Day, but also in October plans an exhibit at the Manufacturers and Business Association’s MFG Day event in Erie, as well as conducting a Kata in the Classroom exercise for students. We will also launch the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing student video contest with teacher training for participating schools and have arranged for facility tours at Clarion Industries, Time Machine, and Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating for students along with State Representatives Donna Oberlander and Lee James. For NWIRC, MFG Day will continue well past October, each and every day of the year.